Eliminating tobacco-related health disparities: directions for future research

Am J Public Health. 2004 Feb;94(2):211-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.94.2.211.


Certain groups in the United States remain at high risk and suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illness and death despite progress made in reducing tobacco use. To address gaps in research on tobacco-related disparities and develop a comprehensive agenda aimed at reducing such disparities, representatives from funding agencies, community-based organizations, and academic institutions convened at the National Conference on Tobacco and Health Disparities in 2002. Conference participants reviewed the current research, identified existing gaps, and prioritized scientific recommendations. Panel discussions were organized to address research areas affecting underserved and understudied populations. We report major research recommendations made by the conference participants in several scientific domains. These recommendations will ultimately help guide the field in reducing and eliminating tobacco-related disparities in the United States.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Marketing
  • Population Surveillance
  • Primary Prevention*
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tobacco Industry
  • United States / epidemiology